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Many times I hear terms like left-wing politician and right-wing politician. Yesterday this was the headline on BBC world: ''Nine policemen are killed on an anti-narcotics mission in Colombia, victims of left-wing rebels, say the authorities.'' What does left-wing and right-wing mean?
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That is a very good question. Unfortunately the complete answer is quite complex. There are so many factors. The most dominant factor is propaganda. In the UK we are told there is an extreme left and an extreme right. We are led to believe that "centerists" are the sane and ballanced ideas.

At the extreme left we are told is communism which is ownership of the means of production by the state. We are also told that at the extreme right is fascism which is control of the means of production by the state. The difference is extremely minor. Both would be totalitarian.

From this we can figure that the left/right spectrum is not a scale like hot to cold with opposites at each end.

I personally believe the idea of right and left is currently used to attempt to control our thinking about anything political. If something is anything other than centerist then it is not a good thing according to the BBC etc. But a close look at what currently passes for the center followed by a close look at how fascism was defined by Musolini or Hitler would probably lead a sane person to believe that is what we currently have.
Once notable historical instance where the left-wing gave power to the people was...
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Hi,

Once notable historical instance where the left-wing gave power to the people was...

Yes? Yes? Please tell us. You are leaving us in suspense.

Clive
You've got it all wrong. Fascism is only "right wing" if you're a communist. Both ideologies are on the left. The whole left-right thing is a scale between most-government-control&least-freedom(on the left) and least-government-control&most-freedom (on the right). Fascism; the Nazi's, if you remember, were National Socialists, (That's where the name Nazi came from) which places fascism right next to communism on the left. To the farthest left is despotism with all control/power in the hands of the government, usually ruled by a dictator. There is no freedom to vote, choose, own any property or in any way shape their own desitiny in the hands of the people. To the farthest right is anarchy where the government has no control/power, usually because there isn't one. The people have all the power to do whatever they want, right down to the last individual. The left has done a good job of clouding this issue by trying to throw in as many variables and labeling schemes as possible. They even randomly change terminology in order to further obfuscate things. Regardless of individual definitions and labels, our Republic is a right wing creation; conceived with limited government, the rule of law, checks and balances, and the power over the government in the hands of the people, by means of their votes. So, a right-wing conservative is one who wants to maintain these ideals; to conserve the philosophy of freedom and God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A left-wing progressive is one who wants to change all that; to progress away from what was. You can't have more government AND more freedom. Just like you can't have less freedom AND less government. This is true even if it only comes down to the bigger the government, the more money they take from me in taxes. That is a reduction in my freedom by forcing me to give up the fruits of my labor. As a perfect example, it was the progressives that initiated the income tax because they were growing the government and needed money to pay for it. Our country became great on its limited government and that government lived a frugal life. Look at the mess we're in now. Thanks progressives.
Hi,

You said 'our' and 'we', but you didn't mention which country you live in.

Clive
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Left Wing=Democrats

Right Wings=Republicans
Hi,

Left Wing=Democrats
Right Wings=Republicans

I'd say that's from an American perspective. From the perspective of many Canadians, both US parties seem right-wing.

Clive
A pendulum may be a better metaphor. Because at any given time a person's political leanings can swing between the two. Depending on what they may have read or seen on the news. That one person could change their beliefs from one side or the other, or any where in between. In most instances, I have seen the terms Right - Wing or Left - Wing used mainly in a form of a political slur against a person with whom the person using said slur does not agree with what was said or posted by another.
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